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Of all the Malaysian states, I think the pre-fix ‘Penang’ would probably be the forerunner – in terms of most used  names. ( I thought a few months back,  Penang’s  Ketua Menteri mentioned that they were looking at controlling the use of the word ‘Penang’ to prevent abuse of use, does that include naming of food stalls ? ) At the food courts around KL /KB/JB /etc  , I see stalls advertising :  Penang Char Koay Teow, Penang Lorbak, Penang Asam Laksa…as if by having the word  ‘Penang’ guarantees that the food would be great ?

 This was not my first trip to Kopitiam Penang, I have fond (and launuah) memories of my first visit a few months back – the laksa, otak otak and char koay teow  ( and a rather uncontrollable  loud and embarrassing burp) and thought it’s about time for another visit to satisfy my cravings for Penang food .

The place is simply decorated with the  staple kopitiam set up- marble table tops and high backed wooden chairs

 The menu include : 

 set meals

 2 pax @ RM29.90 ; assam sting ray, thai sweet and sour tofu, salted fish bean sprout, 2 rice

 3 pax @ 39.90, same as above but replace assam sting ray with curry fish head, 3 rice

5 pax @59.90 , same menu as 3 pax add : Fu yong egg and kangkong belacan, 5 rice

 Noodles were priced at RM6.90 include; prawn mee, curry mee, assam laksa, koay teow th’ng, char koay teow, hokkien mee, Cantonese hor fun ..etc ..

Rice : nasi lemak, curry chicken rice, sweet and sour chicken rice, curry sotong rice etc.

Fried rice menu (RM6.90) , include : dancing fried rice, salted fish FR, hot dog FR, vegetarian FR etc .

And if you wish to order a la carte dishes, you have choice of varieties under the Fish /Fish fillet /prawn / sotong /chicken / beef/ venison menu

W started with ice kacang ( RM3.50) , mama mia…been sometime I have tasted good ice kacang . This was GOOD ! the shaved ice was fine and soft and rather generous amount of of condiments in the bowl : attap seeds, jelly, cincau, corn, red beans and lotsa roasted peanuts. there were enough of roasted peanuts to go with each spoonful of the yummy ice, and the crunchiness and the fragrant of the roased nut was really enjoyable. This deserve  almost 99/100 !

 

The char koay teow ( RM6.90) – The texture of the koay teow was good, it was  the thinner version of the normal teows, but the taste was a bit lacking , I could only taste the saltiness and  a tinge of spiciness, there weren’t enough of the wok-power and missing was the fragrant –possibly due to that they didn’t use lard (?) . Can’t fault them on the ingredients they were generous with the  ingredients , plenty of cockles, been sprouts, bits of eggs and pieces of chicken.

 

Prawn Noodles ( RM6.90), I do not normally get tempted by prawn noodles , but after seeing my makan companion going ga-ga over this, I had to try this. And boy , no regrets lah. This was superb prawn noodles, the soup was sooooo good, sooo aromatic, soo prawn-ish and sweet. Another almost perfect score

 

Chicken lobak (RM10)- they weren’t too heavy handed with the 5 spiced powder –which was a good thing . the chicken in the lobak had that melt in the mouth texture, the combination and the blend was very good.

 

The Owner came by our table a bit suspiciously when she saw that I was copying something from the menu and taking pictures, but later warmed up to us when I told her that I am writing a blog, Auntie later came by our table and asked us did we enjoy the meal. And when we commented that the prawn noodles was very good , she said that people usually blend the prawn heads and the shell to make the soup, but she feels that this is not very healthy for her customer and her sister did some experimenting and discovered the recipe of using ikan bilis+ chicken bones+ prawns made a good combination and it’s much healthier than the ‘traditional’ ingredients !!

 Overall – a thoroughly enjoyable meal ! YUMMM

 

 Location :

OUG Plaza , find Parkson OUG. Kopitiam Penang is next to Bread Story opposite City Chain  ( same floor as Giant)

Lot 2 Ground Floor,OUG Plaza

Hp: 012 3712551

Whenever we visit the OUG pasar pagi on weekends , we will pass by this particular vegetarian shop, at the corner of the street and made a mental note that we will have a meal here one day, days passed, months passed and years too….then finally !

Apart from ordering dishes ( to eat with rice) , there are also standalone meals available on the menu. On the day of visit, it was the 15th day of the lunar calendar and the place was packed. Service was rather prompt – the waitresses cleared the table quickly after meals and passed us the menu and was ready to take our order .

The first dish to arrive – Fried yau mak with beancurd preserve(腐乳) (RM 8), the vegetable came topped with some crunchy bits . The taste of the beancurd preserve taste was just nice and not overpowering,  the stir fried yau mak retained it’s freshness and crunchiness and the crunchy bits added an extra texture to the dish. We enjoyed this tremendously. Good !!

 

Sizzling beancurd (RM9) – I had to contain my saliva when this dish arrived, it was so full of promises  and YES, it didn’t disappoint. The blocks of tofu were bathed in rich, thick and ( slightly) sweetish gravy with cubes of (frozen) vegetable immersed in the matrix. ( minus Neo) .No lah, the vegetable cubes weren’t served frozen , they  were probably frozen prior to being cooked, you know lah, those type that are packed in bags at the frozen food section, with the frozen chips, filament sticks, hotdogs etc ….blah blah blah.. but I digest..err..i mean digress  . This dish is immensely tasty, but after a few mouthfuls, it appeared to be a bit too flavourful and i kinda felt like I need a break from the rather strong and dominant taste of this dish. That is what they say about too much of a good thing…

 

Mutton curry (RM10) – I would have preferred  the gravy a bit thicker , the texture of the ‘mutton’ was a bit ‘loose’ and a bit dry and the pieces were too small. ( I guess I preferred Mama Sayang’s chunky version) . Potato was melt in the mouth ,  soft and mushy .

Total bill came to RM31.40 including 2 rice and a pot of Chinese tea. Which was rather reasonable priced. Overall, an enjoyable meal. I would like to pay Tian Xiang Yuan another visit soon.

 

 Location :

65, Jalan Hujan,

Taman Overseas Union,

58200 KL

Tel : 7784 2348

(go towards OUG, do not turn into the BP petrol station leading  to the OUG market), go straight ahead towards the next traffic light ( before the lights, you will see an open area – MCA activity centre on your left), turn left at traffic light and you should see the restaurant as your turn in, as it occupies the corner lot on your left)

When I started this blog, Wikipedia Lim ( aka my food adviser) passed me some names cards of eateries, one of them was  Star Village. Key words include :  torchlights ( apparently they provide torchlights as it’s too dark to read the menu), puzzles ( games/puzzles  will be provided to lessen the pain of waiting )  and importantly : don’t forget to visit the bathroom , with that in mind, on a Sunday afternoon, we headed to OUG. (They have 2 other branches at Kuchai Lama and Kota Damansara)

A friendly waitress greet us at the door, the place was errr..deserted, at one corner , a family of four was dining, and that was it. The dining area was cozy, decorated with  straws, greens and various knick knacks all over the place

 interior

As you can see from the pix above, the interior is not that dark, so I wasn’t too surprise when they didn’t hand us torchlights to illuminate our menu. ( myth #1 : down) , the menu was extensive , (you can have a look at what they have to offer by clicking here ) and it was not easy to make a decision, so we look for the recommendations, ‘thumbs up’ signs  and there were also some dishes with  some ‘explosive’ signs  on the side too, I wonder does this indicate the level of spiciness ah ?

There was a 5 thumbs-up rating for Sun Tea, but I am not that into tea lah, so we didn’t try that.  For drinks we ordered : Fly to the sky I ( orange +cocktail + strawberry, RM9.80)  and Lucky leave ( kiwi fruit+ apple +sour plum, RM7.90 ). Fly to the sky tasted a bit ‘artificial’ to me, ..and it’s red jellies that you see at the bottom of the glass, (I thought the waitress said strawberry, my mistake probably). Lucky leave- was not bad, a refreshing drink, sourish, sweet a good combination.

 drinks

And I will reveal that myth #2 : puzzles, no, we weren’t offered any puzzles while we wait. Then i start to wonder , was I at the same restaurant that Wiki Lim recommended..hmmmm ? at this point, the family of four had completed their meal, and we were the sole occupant in the restaurant.

My makan companion likes fish and as the Blue Fish had a 4 thumbs-up rating on the menu , we decide to go for this, ( mild hesitation due to the price tag of  RM25.90), well..deep sea fish mahh..sure more expensive one lahh..

 fish

I would rate the fish as average, it was meaty but find that the meat was a bit flaky ( not firm), the salad was good through and so were the thick crispy chips.

I had the Grill Cheese chicken  RM16.90 ( rated 3 thumbs up on the menu), this was ok lah, although from the name,  I was expecting the chicken to be drenched in cheese, it wasn’t. There was a piece of ham on top of the  chicken, which was interesting. Although the meat was tender ,  there were  a lot of ‘tendon’ / tough cartilage kinda thingy throughout the piece  of chicken, i wonder why ?

 chicken

At 1:45. the waitress approached our table and asked if there are anything else that we would like to order, as this is the last call. We declined and after a short while, we heard the clanking of the metal doors and ohh..they are closing already.. we quickly finished our meal, I wanted to check out myth #3, the bathroom, but couldn’t locate it as there was no one around to ask for directions ( they were too busy with the doors, I guess)

There were 2 dining areas, one with air-conditioning ( where we were)  and one without (outdoor). When we were settling the bill at the cashier (the cashier was at the ‘outdoor’ area), I saw little baskets fill with  those puzzle thingies (those IQ stuff, metal thingies with 2 twisted / entwined  members which you are suppose to dislodge, wooden blocks etc).

I met up with Wiki a few days after the meal and complained that there were no torchlight, no puzzles and the missed opportunity to visit the bathroom, and his comment was ‘ Ceehhh..where got people eat chicken chop in the day time one , people go for western meal at night one maahhhhh’. Huh ? like that one mehhh ? cannot eat chicken chop in the day time one ahh, no one told me about this ?  

I would rate the food as average, and after checking out reviews from other blogs, I am glad to say that the reviews were much more positive than mine , so, if you do visit, please go at night ( which is the right time for chicken chop) and make sure that they provide you with the torchlight, puzzles  and don’t forget to visit the acclaimed bathroom ! NB: Wiki mentioned that the place is packed at night. 

 sign

Star Village Wastern Food

75, Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3,
Taman OUG,
Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58200 KL.

Tel : 7784 3117

Location map is available here